Saturday, April 8, 2017

Updates, part 3 - Word Count Edition

Hey, yall!

This is going to be a quick update and a confession.

First, the confession. I’m a sucker for a good story. In the past week, there have been some great submissions, and at least three of those stories exceeded the word count I asked for. Now, each one of those submissions were so well written, and were such good stories, that I felt like I would be a fool to pass up on them.

Those stories made me start to question my word count. I don’t want to make a habit of breaking my guidelines. Even though this is my website, and I can run it any damn way I please, I feel like there needs to expectations in place for writers. If they see me breaking my guidelines then that could complicate my relationship with them.

This brings me to the update. I’m raising the maximum word count from 2,000 words to 4,000 words. I like 4,000 words because you can tell a nice complete story that won’t take all day to read. I don’t want readers coming to the site and feeling like they’re going to have to slog through work. That’s why I’ll reject anything that exceeds the new word count. I’ve got to abide by my own rules, yall.

Hopefully the new word count will open a door for storytellers to get work out there that they may’ve had trouble finding homes for.

That’s all for now. Yall have a good one.

Mark
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

One Month Away!

The debut of Story and Grit is one month away, and that’s not an April Fool’s joke!

The past week has been great for the magazine. A handful of great writers submitted stories that I am excited to publish. I’d like to tell you all about them, but I don’t want to spoil anything. I think you’ll enjoy the stories as much as I did, and I hope that you’ll see many more stories from these writers in the future.

With May 1st fast approaching I’m still looking for more stories. Share this blog with any writers that are wanting to get their work out there. Let them know that Story and Grit is an outlet for southern voices, crime fiction, and horror. I was thinking about it today and I’d love to see some horror set in the Appalachians. Man, there’s some scary shit that could take place in those mountains.

I’ve also enlisted the talents of a musician I’m a big fan of to write music reviews for the ‘zine. These reviews will focus on artists and music that is coming out of the south. He’ll keep an eye on all genres and will post as often as he can. You can probably expect his first review to be posted with the release of Jason Isbell’s new album, but that’s up to him. You may see some reviews before then.

Last thing, the week of the magazine’s debut you can expect the first short story on May 1st, a book review on May 3rd, and the first Six Simple Questions interview on May 5th. The book review and the Six Simple Questions interview will coincide with one another. As I’ve already said, the interview is money and the answers to the questions I sent the author are just fantastic. Can’t wait for you to read them.

That’s all I’ve got for yall today. Have a good one!


Mark
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